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As the U.S. and NATO forces prepare to leave Afghanistan starting next year, a new buzzword has appeared in Central Asian capitals: “spillover.” This is the theory that, when coalition troops withdraw, the Afghanistan authorities won’t be able to maintain order, resulting in either civil war or the return of an Islamist government in Afghanistan. This could lead to various dangerous elements spilling over the border from Afghanistan into the ex-Soviet Central Asian states, including guns, drugs and radical Islamists. 

Borders in the region are porous, especially the 800-mile long...

Last week, we posted a run-down of the militarization of policing in Guatemala. Today, we are looking at similar developments in Honduras, a country with a strong military tradition (pdf) that spent much of the 1990s trying...

This post was prepared by WOLA Intern Laura Fontaine.

  • Much controversy has ensued after a North Korean ship traveling from Cuba through the Panama Canal was found to have missile, radar, and plane components hidden under several tons of sugar.

  • The development and use

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A round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week:

This post was written with CIP intern Ashley Badesch

The following is a round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the region over the past week.

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  • On Wednesday, the House Appropriations committee did a full mark-up of the House’s FY2014
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